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  • The Academic Writing lab is an assessment-oriented exercise for new students designed to determine academic writing proficiency.
  • The OGS Online Library provides access to subscription databases including Gale/InfoTrac and NetLibrary.  A variety of non-subscription databases are also made available.
  • This Orientation is required for all online Master of Letters students. The course explains the degree completion process, course assignments, and strategies such as Developmental Reading. The Orientation also explains the methodology and philosophy of Oxford Graduate School.

  • A survey of major theories of human behavior; concepts and definitions held by several philosophical and psychological schools; history, research evidence, and implications for contemporary organizational life and issues within contemporary global society.

  • An examination of leadership, power, authority, problem resolution, and the impact of organizational structure in relation to management style on educational, religious, business, and governmental institutions.

  • This course explores contemporary Leadership theories with special emphasis on Transformational Leadership.

  • An understanding of human relations skills for effective interpersonal communication; examination of cultural and values differences among ethnic, racial, religious, and other social groups; generic application for professionals in educational, community, family, work, and leisure settings.

  • An examination of communication theories and skills, psycholinguistic principles, and theories and strategies of active in-depth dialogue and assertiveness training; interactive skills assessment and development; includes goal setting, role playing, alternative behavior, evaluating consequences, and implementation of assertive behavior.

  • Principles of Stewardship and Fund Development focuses on the crucial aspects (biblical, philosophical, ethical, transformational, strategic, and pragmatic) for developing organizational leaders who are capable of leading others to mature stewardship and a giving lifestyle and equip these leaders with the knowledge, tools, and skills that will enable them to identify and secure predictable financial resources for their ministry/organizations.

  • A review of theory-based methodology of employee guidance and facilitation; advantages and hazards of mentoring and coaching compared with other leadership styles, with emphasis on the corporate culture prevalent among nonprofit organizations.

  • An exploration of the issues, standards, and tensions that exist within professional ethics, personal morals, the social structure, and government; ethical issues unique to or held in common among professions; application of ethics in the students’ chosen professions.

  • A study of case problems relating to the application of laws concerning contract, agency, property, and business and institutional organizations.

  • A study of past, present, and future changes in social structure and cultural patterns. Sociological theory will be introduced as a means for understanding and analyzing social movements and social change. Special emphasis will be given to global social problems such as social stratification, poverty, and social development. Principles social movements in the context of the sociology of religion will also be explored.

  • A comparison and contrast of the origins and development of conflict and cooperation; mechanisms for managing and resolving conflict; making decisions that elicit support, and create unity and long-term affiliation among family; skill development for in-depth listening and effective dialogue.

  • FL 701 Family Life Education Methodology is a study of the philosophy and principles of family life education and methods for planning, implementing, and evaluating activities to fulfill its goals; how to establish educational goals, select materials and activities, evaluate outcomes, and implement programs that are sensitive to community concerns and values and bring benefits appropriate to the community being served.

  • This course will examine the origin and development of the family as a social institution and its variations of structure, function, and culture; the relationship of the family to the economic, political, religious, and educational institutions in American society; dating, courtship, marital choice, and work-family relationships; present and future demographic trends, gender roles, and culture-related influences affecting the nature of family living.
  • This course is a study of the management of human and material resources designed to develop competence with and responsibility for goods and services available to a family in contemporary society; recognition of types of resources, processes for planning and implementing wise management; principles and skills for evaluating family resources, setting goals, decision-making, and implementing plans to fulfill the goals; combines learning general principles with selectively applying them to one’s own situation .

  • This course is an overview of the basics of sexual physiology, development, behavior, values, human sexual response, dysfunction, sexual abuse and violence, family planning, variations of sexual behavior, theories of sexual orientation, and the role of a family life educator in sex education.

  • Parent Education and Guidance is an examination of theoretical approaches to teaching, guiding, and influencing children and adolescents; the efficacy of major theories when put into practice by contemporary parents; beliefs and practices globally and historically; and adjustments of parental style associated with individual differences and life-cycle status.The course provides appropriate opportunity to apply learning to personally relevant situations.
  • FL 706 is a study of physical, emotional, cognitive, social, moral/spiritual, and personality factors as they influence development through the life cycle stages of prenatal, infancy, early and middle childhood, and adolescence. Seminal theorists with alternate perspectives are referenced, allowing students to identify family life strategies most explanatory and helpful to their context. The practical application to helping parents more effectively relate to and care for other family members is emphasized.
  • FL 707 Human Development Adult and Aging is a study of physical, emotional, cognitive, social, moral/spiritual, and personality factors as they influence development over the course of adult years, through the aging process, and death; the changing role of parents in relationship with adult children; and the condition of children caring for aging parents.

  • FL 708 Marital Counseling and Enrichment is a survey of marital counseling and enrichment theory and practice; contemporary trends in American culture; pre-marital counseling; crisis management and conflict management in marriage; marital distress and divorce; gender roles in the family; and family dynamics including the effects of the marital relationship on children.

  • An exploration of the issues, standards, and tensions that exist within professional ethics, personal morals, the social structure, and government; ethical issues unique to or held in common among professions; application of ethics in the student's chosen profession.
  • This course consists of a study of how local, state, and federal law and public policy affect the family structure and way of life. It provides an overview of the historical development of law and public policies related to families.
  • A comparison and contrast of the origins and development of conflict and cooperation; mechanisms for managing and resolving conflict; making decisions that elicit support, and create unity and long-term affiliation among family; skill development for in-depth listening and effective dialogue.